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Great Red Grapes: Exploring Syrah
Thursday 28th January, 8pm
Also known as shiraz, the syrah grape variety has become increasingly fashionable across the world, having quietly went about its business in France's Rhone Valley for generations.
The inspiration for Cote Rotie, Hermitage and Cornas, syrah is unique among red grapes in bringing together wonderful richness of fruit with abundant spice, exotic floral notes and - with some age - richly meaty flavours. It's the perfect midwinter red, ideal for the dark days of late January and wonderfully versatile with all manner of wintry dishes, from lamb shoulder spiked with rosemary to gutsy Toulouse sausages and polenta.
We'll be tasting through the light and elegant style of Trinity Hill in Hawke's Bay, a chunky, polished shiraz from Jolandie Fouchet at Kloovenberg, and finishing with a French classic, the 100% syrah Jean-Luc Jamet Cotes du Rhone which is an insider's tip for value and quality in this increasingly pricey region.
Gascon Adventure: The Wines of Southwest France
Thursday 4th February, 8pm
For lovers of classically proportioned, structured reds that still well with rustic home cooking, there are few better places in the world to explore than the ancient kingdom of Gascony in southwest France. Here you'll find wines with longer traditions than Bordeaux, a variety of native grapes, and practically unbeatable value, particularly since so many estates seem to have older wines. For whatever reasons, the estates of south west France often have older vintages available at very reasonable prices. Tonight's letter is B, as we try the dense and inky Bouscasse red from Madiran, the structured, elegant Berangeraie Cahors from Cuvee Juline and the mature and meaty Beaulieu from the Marmandais hills. Prepare your pate and plate your terrines!